Tell us a bit about yourself. Share a fun fact that people might not know about you.
A regular girl who love my family, friends, cats, nature, running, and travelling.
A fun fact that not many know: I can play table tennis! Represented my district in high school MRSM and we won!
What were your favourite subjects in school? Did you enjoy Maths and Science subjects as a student?
Yes although I’m an orthodontist and we don’t really do maths, maths was one of my fav subjects in high school. I was selected to go to Olympiad couple of times. Of course I never won! 😂 I love science too.
What was your childhood ambition? Did you eventually pursue it as your career?
Apart from wanting to be a dentist, i used to want to be an english teacher, or a financial controller.
Describe what you do at work and its specific area in STEM. What does a typical day at work look like?
I am a specialist in braces, so I put on braces and adjust braces in clinic. My favourite part is to see their excited faces when they choose the colours. In a week, I see my own patients in UKM and in private, supervise postgraduate and undergraduate students in their clinical sessions.
What do you love most about your work?
The satisfaction and the smile on patients’ faces when they finish their treatment, and the smiles on my students when they graduate!
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome them?
Doing difficult and challenging cases, but best thing is I work in university where I have colleagues I can discuss with, as well as a multidiscplinary team in other specialties.
According to numerous studies, women are under-represented in STEM. Was this your experience in university, and is it any different now in your field of work?
In dentistry actually women are over represented in Malaysia. Usually there are more females in every batch. For specialty training in my experience it is about 50-50.
When pursuing your studies or career, did you ever feel that you were treated differently because of your gender?
No we were treated fairly in fact maybe better 😂
Why do you think it’s important to have more women in STEM careers?
Yes in areas where women are under- represented to give more opportunities for a more talented and diverse workforce.
What advice would you give to young girls who are curious about a career in STEM?
Do some thorough research, talk to people you know or mutual friends who can share their experience, and if it is what you want, pray for the right decision and go for it!